WATG-designed Hotel Monte Mulini opens

LONDON—Hotel Monte Mulini recently opened in Rovinj, a historic coastal city on the peninsula of Istria, in Croatia, on the Adriatic coast. International destination design firm WATG was the architect, interior designer and landscape designer for the five-star project.
 
“The site—a wooded park—was the inspiration for our use of local stone and timber to create a contemporary hotel with magnificent views from every room,” said Jeremy Heyes, vice president of WATG.
 
Set into the hillside, the 109-room hotel with ten luxury suites is spread over four levels and boasts a dramatic panoramic glass wall that greets guests with an uninterrupted view of the sea. Bars, lounges and restaurants are located on lower levels, with spacious terraced areas for fine dining and relaxation on warm days. A traditionally-styled wine vault is located at the lowest level.
 
Because a nature reserve is situated across the bay from the hotel, and the hotel itself is set within the city on a main promenade, both urban and natural elements were part of the design. Great care was taken to take advantage of natural light, including studies of light and shade on the windows throughout the year. The curved roof is positioned so that the glazed wall is in shadow during the summer, minimizing heat gain and the need for air conditioning.
 
WATG won the competition for the project and was the first international architect to do work in the region. The hotel will be owned and operated by Maistra d.d., a leading Croatian hotel company, member of Adris Group.
 
 

Suggested Articles

The Anantara Villa Padierna Palace Benahavis Marbella Resort has 132 guestrooms, suites and pool villas designed by British architect Ed Gilbert.

The new hotel is a mile from where the brand made its debut in London's Mayfair neighborhood 48 years ago. 

The former Holiday Inn in Port Washington will continue under the direction of S&L Hospitality, its owner and operator since 1998.